New Book: KB’s NXT The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans

What more is there to say about NXT? The promotion, which started off as nothing more than a developmental territory to build up some of WWE’s stars, has taken on a life of its own. There have been more classic matches, more stars made and more great moments there than anywhere else in recent wrestling memory.

In this book, I’ll be breaking down over one hundred more episodes of NXT plus ten live specials, ranging from the first show after Takeover: Dallas through Takeover: New Orleans. I’ll also be breaking each one down match by match and segment by segment. Included will be analysis and ratings for the shows to see what worked and what didn’t.

The book runs about 450 pages and is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $11.99 or an e-book format (which has ALSO been updated) for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here in paperback and here as an e-book.

And From the UK Amazon here in paperback and here as an e-book.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB WWE Championship” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1999, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

New Book: KB’s History of the WWE Championship (2018 Update)

In this book, I look back at the title’s history by looking at over 285 matches, all of which are for the WWE Championship. These matches range from the first ever title change all the way to the most recent title change in November 2017. There are matches from pay per views, house shows, TV shows and more with every WWE Champion in history covered.

This book was originally released in 2013 but a few things have changed since then. I’ve gone through and updated a few matches which were poorly written in the first place and redone and/or added nearly seventy matches. Also added are brief thoughts and a few stats on each champion, summing up their time with the title. It’s also better organized and just a better overall presentation this time around.

The book runs just shy of 500 pages and is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $12.99 or an e-book format (which has ALSO been updated) for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

And From the UK Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB WWE Championship” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1999, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

New Book: KB’s Monday Nitro and Thunder Reviews Volume VI

A comprehensive look back at every episode of WCW Monday Nitro and Thunder from July – December 1999. This is a rather bad time for WCW as everything is starting to fall apart due to a combination of horribly boring wrestling and some rather questionable booking choices. With the good old boys no longer doing the trick, the solution was to bring in the star of WWF Creative: Vince Russo, meaning it’s all downhill from there. In this book, every episode of both shows in the second half of 1999 is reviewed in full, complete with analysis, ratings and complete content included.

The book is available on Amazon both in a physical paperback for $10.99 or an e-book format for $2.99. In case you don’t have a Kindle, there are plenty of FREE apps you can get from Amazon for pretty much any electronic device, all of which are available at this link.

You can pick up the book from Amazon here.

From the UK Amazon here.

From the Canadian Amazon here.

Or if you’re in another country with its own Amazon page, just search “KB Nitro VI” and it should be the first thing to come up.

Also you can still get any of my previous books on the WWE Championship, the Intercontinental Championship, Monday Night Raw from 1997, 1998, 2001 and the first half of 2014, Monday Nitro from 1995-1998, In Your House, Summerslam, Starrcade, ECW Pay Per Views, Royal Rumble, Saturday Night’s Main Event, the WWF and WCW pay per views from 1998, Wrestlemania, WWE Grab Bag and Clash of the Champions at my author’s page here.

I hope you like it and shoot me any questions you might have.

Thomas Hall

Giving Dusty the Book in ’89

Hey Scott,


When Dusty went to WWF in '89 was there any thought to having him book instead of wrestle? I know everyone thinks Vince had a unbelievable drive to humiliate Dusty but did he even consider it?

Thanks

Nope, quite the opposite.  Vince specifically told him to go out and have fun because he wouldn't be in any kind of position of power while he was there.  

Book a Shoot at Wrestlemania


Hey Scott I know you love hearing about Roman Reigns and Brock so here is my hot take on the matter. With Brock walking out of RAW and the fact that he is a legit lunatic, they should book him to "shoot" on Reigns and beat him with a Kimura in like a minute. Break his arm (real or not), then have Vince come on RAW the next night and plead with Lesnar to bring the belt back. Have Heyman bring the belt in and cut a promo on how UFC > WWE, then work it out with Dana White that Brock wins the UFC belt. Then have a title vs title fight between Brock and Roman, WWE and UFC, and make some real money.

In a perfect world, not the worst idea ever.  However, I take issue with "working it out so that Brock wins the UFC belt", because it kind of falls apart there.  I'll leave it at that.  

quick book plug


Dear Scott,
 
I'm a long time reader of your blog and even bought some of your books ("Tonight in this very ring…" remains on of my favorites to this day). I've studied literature in Germany and wrote my master-thesis about Pro-Wrestling (it's medial structure, it's cultural history and the art of storytelling in Professional Wrestling and so on…). Meanwhile I've puplished it as a book, you can find it here: http://www.tectum-verlag.de/wrestling-als-sports-entertainment.html Even if the book is mostly written in german language (except some of the quotes out of the wrestling business, of course), it's maybe interesting for all the german speaking readers of your blog.
It should also be available on Amazon worldwide, as paperback or in digital form. Thank you very much and keep up your good work!
 
Best wishes,
Stefan

I feel like running the TV scripts through Google Translate to German and then back again could only help the continuity somehow.  

Ole Anderson’s book


It's 10 years old, but just came out on Kindle. Have you read it? It's admittedly the work of a man with an oversized ego, but there's GREAT anecdotes in here. The one about Stu Hart after Owen's death is just mind-blowing.

Ole strikes me as someone with no end of great stories because he loves talking about himself and saw a bunch of stuff in his career.  I'll see if I can check it out at some point.  Really though, how would the wrestling world be different if he hadn't decided to call Linda McMahon the worst thing possible in 1984?  I'm pretty sure Vince is still holding a grudge over that one. 

QOTD 146: Comic Book / Graphic Novel appreciation thread!

Shut Up, I though it was a good book.

Hey lets talk about comics some more! As previously stated I’m a casual / esoteric buyer, who spent three years living with a buddy who had a MASSIVE collection of DC stuff from weird periods of time.

So I read a lot of Kyle Rayner Green Lantern, All-Star Batman & Robin (good grief!), All Star Superman (So good!), and then a lot of the prestige stuff like Watchmen, the one drawn like people (“Kingdom Come?”), The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, and then some other stuff like Wanted, and then I’d start collecting Ultimate Spider-man up until the panel where Gwen and Peter are super forlorn looking on the last panel splash page.

Also is anyone incredibly impressed by how well the Marvel Cinematic Universe is going? This thing has been going on for YEARS and the movies have been pretty good to great, with Captain America being simply incredible. 
 
So, talk about comics / comics movies / comic documentaries, or Chasing Amy! What’s good, what’s cheap, what newbies like myself should check out, and in general just chat it up! Feel free to explain the digital services like comixology. 


I have a second question, too – does anyone else kind of not mind the way Man of Steel ended in theory? It was shot fairly poorly but I liked the idea of the no-win scenario where Superman has to kill a dude.

411mania’s “The Comics 8 Ball 3.17.14: Top 8 Comic Book Copycat Characters”

Hi Scott,

Thought this might make for some fun BoD discussion.  Call me maybe… I mean, crazy, but I'm detecting just a whiff of anti-Marvel sentiment. But only just.

http://www.411mania.com/movies/columns/316507

Eh, I feel dumber having just read that one.  Saying Hawkeye, for example, is a ripoff of Green Arrow specifically when both guys are based off the Robin Hood archetype is just ignorant.  
Anyway, speaking of comics, what the hell is going on with Hawkeye's shipping schedule right now?  It was delayed for something like four months, which killed all the momentum that it was building up, and then they shipped the Kate issue out of order.  And now there's another random issue from Christmas that just came out featuring animated dogs.  Yeah, the Pizza Dog issue was great and whimsical, but COME ON.  This story hasn't moved an inch forward in what feels like a year, with Fraction just going back and retelling the same stuff over and over.  It used to be my most-anticipated title and now I don't even know when it's coming out most times or what I'm going to get out of it.